KSRTC’s ‘Ambaari Utsav’ luxury buses to give ‘aircraft-feeling’
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KSRTC’s ‘Ambaari Utsav’ luxury buses to give ‘aircraft-feeling’

January 25, 2023

Chairman claims amalgamation of Mysuru KSRTC City-Sub-Urban Divisions reduced losses

Mysore/Mysuru: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will soon purchase ‘Ambaari Utsav’ luxury category buses to give an ‘aircraft-feeling’ to travellers. In addition, 50 electric buses have started arriving from Hyderabad in phases, said KSRTC Chairman M. Chandrappa.

Speaking to reporters on Monday after a meeting with the Mysuru Divisional KSRTC officials at the Bannimantap Bus Depot, Chandrappa said that the KSRTC has come in for public appreciation as it has introduced many luxury buses for ease of travel.

“Buses like Ambaari, Club Class sleepers and Airavata are the most preferred mode of transport and people are opting for a risk-free and comfortable travel in KSRTC luxury buses than in other modes of transport,” he said.

 “Very soon, the KSRTC will introduce ‘Ambaari Utsav’ buses that will be super luxurious and will provide a special travelling experience. We will start the services of 20 such buses to different destinations,” he added.

 The KSRTC is procuring over 700 new buses, including Sarige and luxury variants and the buses will be distributed to Mysuru Division also as per its schedules and daily trips. “550 Sarige buses, 50 electric buses, 40 non-AC sleeper, 20 Ambaari Utsav, 50 city vehicles for intra-city service, 4 13.5-metre-long AC sleeper buses and four 13.4-metre-long non-AC sleeper buses are being procured,” he said.

 “There are grand plans to purchase 350 electric buses in the future and many old and fuel-guzzling buses will be replaced. Over 3,000 buses will be sent to the scrapyard and all those buses that have travelled 9 lakh kilometres will qualify as scrap buses. The COVID pandemic prevented KSRTC from purchasing new buses in the last two years and we were forced to use the buses that have already run 9 lakh kilometres. Now we will scrap all those buses,” he disclosed.

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 Once the charging stations are completed and the remaining electric buses arrive from Hyderabad, they will be operated between Bengaluru-Madikeri and Bengaluru-Virajpet. The KSRTC is already operating the service in the Mysuru-Bengaluru route which is quite popular. Other destinations that are targeted are Chikkamagalur, Davanagere, Madikeri, Virajpet and Shivamogga, he added.

 The Mysuru division has proposed to operate ‘AC Ambaari Dream Class’ buses from Mysuru to Tirupati, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mantralaya and Ernakulam. “Also, ten non-AC sleeper buses will be operated by the Mysuru division on the routes including Bengaluru-Mysuru-Kozhikode, Mysuru-Kundapura, Mysuru-Bengaluru-Gokarna, Mysuru-Udupi and Mysuru-Belagavi.

 On the amalgamation of the Mysuru Rural and Mysuru Sub-Urban KSRTC Divisions, Chandrappa said that the amalgamation has reduced losses. “In 2020-21, the Mysuru Division suffered a loss of Rs. 161 crore, in 2021-22, it was Rs. 156 crore loss. After the two Divisions were merged, in 2022-2023, the losses came down by Rs. 101 crore,” he claimed and said that gradually, the Mysuru Division will make profits.

 The Mysuru Division has 1,072 buses and over 7,854 trips are operated daily across the State, catering to over 4 lakh passengers. KSRTC Divisional Controller Ashok Kumar and senior officials of the Division were present.

5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “KSRTC’s ‘Ambaari Utsav’ luxury buses to give ‘aircraft-feeling’”

  1. sanjay kini says:

    One aspect that Karnataka SRTC ,( as court has prevented using KSRTC abbreviation for Karnataka, maybe Editor forgot.) is that it should improve seat quality in Karnataka Sarige the common man’s bus .Also it should look for a new age paint job and colour rather than red which is also used by Kerala for these buses. As generation Alpha looks to travel in public transport as teenagers these children born with digital devices expect a lot more comfort even in economy class from public transport and Karnataka SRTC must cater to their demands. Even Tourists today are very demanding when it comes to bed quality and cleanliness in budget hotels hence the need to change with times. What say Gen Alpha.

  2. Vijay says:

    First of all maintain cleanliness in the buses, the local buses in Bangalore are not cleaned. The seats, windows , panels are full of dust. Maintain the existing buses neatly first. Even the new buses are the same . Stop misusing the commoners tax money .

  3. Rao Bhamidimarri says:

    @ Sanjay Kini
    India and Cleanliness do not mix. Mostly these so called tourists are from other states in India, where cleanliness is also an issue.
    For that matter, no transport vehicle is clean-Trains, passenger air craft, tourist bus or cars etc.. In a country where even pharmaceutical prod=ucts are adulterated-a recent report said about chidrens’ deaths , due to taking cough syrup, and one of the cough syrup product is manufactured in India. Read: https://news.sky.com/story/cough-syrup-deaths-who-urges-immediate-action-after-300-child-deaths-last-year-12794065
    particularly this sentence there: “The alerts covered some cough syrups made by India’s Maiden Pharmaceuticals and Marion Biotech, as well as similar medicines”
    India is a third world dump, dirty, filthy and in terms of hygiene , the country to be avoided.

  4. Rao Bhamidimarri says:

    @ Sanjay Kini
    India and Cleanliness do not mix. Mostly these so called tourists are from other states in India, where cleanliness is also an issue.
    For that matter, no transport vehicle is clean-Trains, passenger air craft, tourist bus or cars etc.. In a country where even pharmaceutical prod=ucts are adulterated-a recent report said about chidrens’ deaths , due to taking cough syrup, and one of the cough syrup product is manufactured in India. Read: https://news.sky.com/story/cough-syrup-deaths-who-urges-immediate-action-after-300-child-deaths-last-year-12794065
    particularly this sentence there: “The alerts covered some cough syrups made by India’s Maiden Pharmaceuticals and Marion Biotech, as well as similar medicines”
    India is a third world dump, dirty, filthy and in terms of hygiene , the country to be avoided.

  5. Vivek says:

    How Karnataka ksrtc still uses ksrtc brand .

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